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2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

The competition among large, three-row crossover SUVs is more intense than it has even been since the introduction of the Kia Telluride. Kia has designed a vehicle that can accommodate a lot of people, configure its interior to accommodate a lot of cargo and is also equipped with a powerful engine with strong towing scores. A comparison of the 2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander will provide a very clear case for why potential customers should be making an appointment at Team Gunther Kia to take a closer look at the automaker’s newest crossover SUV. The new Telluride offers more standard power, more standard towing capacity and more standard connectivity technology for smartphones and other popular devices than its Toyota Highlander rival. Customers can schedule a test drive today by calling, 877-885-7998.

It will be very important for customers to evaluate the performance specs offered by the 2020 Telluride and 2019 Highlander. All available trim grades of the 2020 Telluride found at Team Gunther Kia use a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter, V-6 engine attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Each model will make 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, all versions of the 2020 Telluride can be equipped with all-wheel-drive and offer a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds across the entire trim ladder. On the other hand, the 2019 Highlander makes two engines available, including four-cylinder and V-6 options. The V-6 makes slightly more horsepower but has the same towing capacity as the Telluride. Highlander buyers will only be able to get this performance by choosing higher trims which are more expensive.


2020 Kia Telluride


2019 Highlander

3.8-L, V-6 Engine 2.7-L, 4-Cyl.
291/262 Horsepower/Torque 185/184
5,000 pounds Max. Towing 1,500 lbs.
87 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 83.7 cu.-ft.


Connectivity Technology

Technology is one of the most important indicators of a crossover SUV’s success in today’s hotly contested marketplace. The 2020 Kia Telluride is far more advanced than the 2019 Toyota Highlander. All trims of the new Telluride include a version of the Kia infotainment system that is compatible with both the Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ suites of applications. Kia has also made a voice amplification system available on the EX and above trims, so drivers can easily talk to those sitting in the back of the Telluride. Those same versions also offer a wireless smartphone charging tray.

Cargo Volume and Passenger Space

Both the 2020 Kia Telluride and 2019 Toyota Highlander offer seven- and eight-passenger configurations. However, when a vehicle owner needs to move cargo, the 2020 Telluride is going to be more capable. When the interior of the 2020 Kia Telluride has both of its rear rows of seats folded down, they will be able to use up to 87 cubic-feet of cargo volume. Most models of the 2019 Highlander will have a maximum of 83.7 cubic-feet of cargo space. Some versions can offer as little as 82.6 cubic-feet of room to move cargo.



A photo of the dashboard in the 2020 Kia Telluride.
A photo of the rear seats in the 2020 Kia Telluride.
A rear photo of the 2020 Kia Telluride outfitted with a roof rack and parked in the desert.
A photo of the 2020 Kia Telluride driving through the snow.